Spring is here! Many of us are eager to take advantage of the rising temperatures and the opportunities for recreational activities. Not to mention the wide-open roads that will lead us to our next adventure. To prevent personal injury, there are some spring safety tips you should know before heading outdoors.
1. Be Cautious Around Bodies of Water
April showers bring May flowers, but it also brings flooding risks and unstable waterways. If you’re out for a hike, be mindful that the snowmelt has caused soft riverbanks. Don’t get too close. Never go into the water after a person or pet who have fallen into the water. Always call 911 immediately.
2. Have an Extra Layer of Clothing
Canadian spring is notorious for below-freezing temperatures in the morning that quickly escalate to warm in the afternoon, just to revert to freezing at night. Make sure you wear layers and carry a jacket with you.
3. Check the Air Pressure in Your Car Tires
Temperature fluctuations in the spring can alter the air pressure in your car tires and increase your chance of an accident. Don’t forget to keep your windshield washer fluid topped up as well for the best visibility on the road possible.
4. Avoid Slips and Falls with Good Shoes
Don’t be tempted to get your sandals out of storage yet! Spring is usually wet and muddy. Choose supportive, proper-fitting footwear with good traction, and avoid walking on wet grass and mud to prevent losing your footing.
5. Beware of Wildlife
It’s the time of year when animals are on the move. Most active at dawn and dusk, if you’re in a car, make sure you use your headlights, reduce your speed, and scan the road for emerging wildlife to avoid a collision.
At Zuber Brioux, we know everyone is eager to get outside in the spring after a long Canadian winter. Be mindful that there are still risks this time of year. If you or someone you know has been affected by a slip or fall or a car accident this year, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.